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WIP Critique 54mm Empress' Dragoons Officer

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Bailey, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. anstontyke A Fixture

    really amazing painting

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  2. akaryu Moderator

    Excellent paint job, nice setting! Looking forward to the finished work(y)(y)(y)

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  3. Borek A Fixture

    Really great WIP thread, awesome paintwork. This vignette will be truly breathtaking. Cool.

    Cheers Borek:)
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  4. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Amazing progress Bailey.
    Superb work for 54mm scale figure.
    Looking forward to your next update.
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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Beautifully done.
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  6. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Just beautiful painting - looking forward to seeing more progress.
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  7. Walks Active Member

    Excellent work, the face is perfect...sometimes seeing another artist working on a figure changes your original feelings for that model, in this case I now have a renewed interest for this particular one.
    Love the groundwork, has that French look and feel. The only thing I would add would be a coping stone to the top of the pillar.
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  8. jai A Fixture

    I think that the gate needs to be improved for a more correct scaling.

    I believe the building blocks are too large
    the gate is too attached to the wall ... in reality the hinges (generally) are more prominent

    the too simple pillar for the type of gate ..alla summit would add a sphere, or an ornament .... suggest a lion, an eagle ... you can carve it or find it in the 28mm range

    Having said that I think it was a good choice of setting and excellent piece of painting

    excuse my english if it is incorrect
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  9. Bailey A Fixture

    Thanks, everyone! Jai, I'll take another look at the base. The blocks are meant to be stones, rather than specifically bricks. So I think there's a lot of possible variation on the acceptable sizes. I will see about tweaking the hinges to make them more prominent. And I had wanted to add something to the top of the pillar. I'll probably keep it simple, but will see if I can find something that will work.

    I've been busy trying to finish up this figure. Since last time I took on the cord details and epaulets. I then turned my attention to the boots. I wanted to get a similar shiny black effect to what I did on the horse hair helmet crest. It's a slow process, so I've just done one of the boots (the other is only a sketch). I'll be wrapping that up very soon and then can turn my full attention to the base.
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    As for the boots, I'm writing up a detailed tutorial on how I did them. That should get posted in the next few days and I will share a link here. In the meantime, here's a quick preview. Color names refer to Reaper Master Series Paints. The images are pretty big, so click on the thumbnails to see the full size.

    First, I began with a sketch of where I want the highlights

    Then I start the slowly blend them back down into the black. I start with the lightest shades and gradually get darker and darker. Here's a look at that partially done. The image on the right has been blended from Vampiric Shadow (an off white) to Dark Elf Highlight and then to Dark Elf Skin.

    From there the blending continues, going from Dark Elf Skin to Dark Elf Shadow. A little Pure Black was used in some shadows, but most of what appears to be black is just the Dark Elf Shadow.

    Finally, I went back in with some Vampiric Highlight and then Pure White to add some extra pop to the reflection points. You can see the comparison below between the previous blend (on the left) and the one with the brighter reflections on the right. I also made a few tweaks so some of the blends (like on the top of the foot) while I was at it.
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  10. Bailey A Fixture

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  11. Bailey A Fixture

    I've started on the base for the Dragoon. The stone column is going to take me longer than I'd like to paint, but no way around that. I started by basing the stones in 4 different shades of grey. I then started to shade/highlight them. I've only done a couple so far, still have a long way to go. I'd like all of the stones to end up as a white or light grey, but I want some variation in there (which is way I started with different shades as the base). I don't envision them being dramatically different in the end, just subtle differences.
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    Also, you may have noticed that I finished the other boot. Here's a close up of the finished boots (shiny black) next to the initial sketch.
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  12. Tonton Well-Known Member

    Really, really nice. Had my doubts about the gate and railings initially, I must admit, but they look very in keeping. Overall a cracking job.

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  13. oldtrousers PlanetFigure Supporter

    Beautiful work! The SBS on the boots is very helpful, and thank you for taking the time to post it.

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  14. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thank you for the link to your SBS, excellent painting and this is looking superb
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  15. arj A Fixture

    The backdrop looks perfect for your superbly painted figure.
    Thanks also for SBS link, which has been duly bookmarked.

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  16. bricks tattoo Well-Known Member

    nice work
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  17. Huw63 A Fixture

    Marvellous piece with all elements working together. Thanks too for the sbs.



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  18. Bailey A Fixture

    The base for the dragoon is coming along literally one brick at a time :)

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  19. pmfs A Fixture

    The effect on the leather boots are very convincing.

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  20. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Wow, just stunning painting.
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